USA Today says that Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune are coming back, and like The Bold and Beautiful, they’ve got a whole bunch of new procedures and shit to make sure that nobody catches coronavirus. And hopefully, unlike with B&B, they don’t have to re-shut down after like fifteen minutes. Sony Pictures Television said that they’re going to shoot new episodes after production stopped in March. They tried the whole no-audience thing but after numbers surged, filming stopped altogether. But now they’re coming back! And hopefully, like B&B, they will bring in blow-up dolls to fill in for human audience members, and those blow-up dolls will probably still find a way to swoon over Alex Trebek.
California is again having crazy coronavirus surges thanks to people like Jake Paul, so production said in a statement that they are taking precautions:
“Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are returning to the studio to tape episodes for the shows’ upcoming seasons. While some things may have changed behind the scenes and on the set to keep everyone safe, fans can expect to see the same Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! they have come to love when the season starts.”
Things will look a bit different once the show comes back. The stage has been “slightly redesigned” allowing for the hosts and contestants to distance from each other. Alex is fighting pancreatic cancer so they better keep those contestants from his precious soul!
WOF’s spinning wheel will also get a redesign to allow contestants to also stay away from each other. Other precautions will include:
- Only essential staff and crew will be allowed on stage.
- PPE will be provided for everyone behind the scenes.
- Social distancing measures will be rigorously enforced both onstage and off.
- All staff and crew will be tested on a regular basis, and contestants will all be tested before they come to the studio to tape.
I don’t know… is this going to be enough? I mean, I know Vanna White is going to be safe since she’s all the way over there with her letters. Pat Sajak should be fine too since that spinning wheel kept him away from those mouth-breathing contestants before the redesign. But Alex! He just turned 80 and is beyond at risk! You need to keep him safe! What if instead of distance it’s just all the way safety precautions? Build some of those Hunger Games tubes for the contestants. Also like Hunger Games, if they step away from their platform they explode. Alex will definitely be safe then!